Thursday, July 31, 2014

My car drives, parks and charges itself for me

Imagine you are rushing to catch a train but must first park your electric car inside the station garage. You lose precious time searching for a space, ideally one where you can charge your vehicle, which might cause you to miss the train. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just drop off the car in front of the station and let it do the rest? Soon it will be possible, thanks to V-CHARGE, an EU ICT research project. Successful tests took place at Stuttgart airport in April 2014.


Launch of VIMSEN Project on Smart Energy Grids Research

The FP7 VIMSEN project issued an information sheet showing how they intend to develop technology for more efficient and resilient energy networks. The de-centralized topology of the internet and its corresponding advantages are well known - will other utility networks follow with similar concepts?


Monday, July 28, 2014

Call for proposals - Fiber to the Home - FTTH 2014

Pilot project – Connected for Health: Well-Being and Healthcare Solutions in Open Access FTTH Networks

Details: deadline for submitting applications 30/09/2014 as evidenced by postmark

FAQs to be uploaded in due time.

Ethics issues self-assessment to be uploaded shortly.


Save the date: The Innovation Procurement Conference will be held in Milan in November

On 26 and 27 November 2014 a high level conference on Innovation Procurement will be held under the auspices of the Italian Presidency in Milan, in collaboration with the Lombardy Region of Italy.


Commission announces €100 million Fast Track to Innovation and five innovation prizes

The European Commission today presents details of a new €100 million "Fast Track to Innovation" (FTI) pilot action and five innovation prizes under Horizon 2020, the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation programme. The FTI aims to support Europe's economy by offering innovative businesses and organisations grants to give a final push to get great ideas to market. The prizes offer a reward for technological breakthroughs of high societal relevance. The initiatives underscore the drive to support innovation in Europe as part of the first, two-year Horizon 2020 work programme. Today's announcement also confirms the €7 billion for Horizon 2020 calls during 2015 and sets out the timetable for applications.


ICT Proposers' Day 2014: Smart Cities

Do you want to know how you can help your town become a "smart city"? Are you looking for partners or wanting to share your ideas? Then register now for the ICT Proposers' Day 2014 and join the Smart Cities networking session!


Enabling synergies between European Structural and Investment Funds, Horizon 2020 and other research, innovation and competitiveness-related Union programmes

The guide contains explanations on the basic rules and principles for obtaining synergies and combining the different funds, and contains recommendations to the relevant actors, as well as Commission support to facilitate synergies. It is accompanied by explanations on each programme (Annex 1) and guidance to a set of scenarios to inspire programme designers and implementers regarding project formats and potential and non-exhaustive combination schemes (Annex 2).


FARSEEING project publishes preliminary guidelines for design and implementation of technologies

These guidelines present easily accessible (non-technical) recommendations, aimed at scientists, clinicians, technologists, manufacturers etc., which outline the principles for making ICT technologies acceptable to older adults. The preliminary guidelines, developed as part of work package 2 (WP2), are drawn from the FARSEEING systematic review of older adults’ perceptions of technologies aimed at falls prevention, detection or monitoring; the outcomes of stakeholder consultations; the usability testing in work package five (WP5) of three off-the-shelf exergames; and the usability testing of the smart home and smart home technologies being developed as part of work package seven (WP7). As such, the recommendations presented here are developed from best evidence reviews to create guidance on designing and implementing ICT technologies in the area of fall prevention and promotion of independent living amongst older people.


The Future of Robot Caregivers - opinion piece in the New York Times

Louise Aronson, an associate professor of geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, advocates the deployment of robots for elderly care.


iStoppFalls project - Fall prevention in the elderly

The FP7 iStoppFalls project will develop an embedded AAL system that can predict and prevent falls by monitoring mobility-related activities and other risk factors of falls in real-life. Beyond continuous fall risk monitoring, this enables tailoring individualized exercise programs coached by iStoppFalls.


Greener airports thanks to EU-funded tech

Did you know that as airports get bigger and bigger they each consume as much energy as small cities? Think only about the lighting, heating and air conditioning systems in these huge transport hubs. That is why European researchers have used Commission funding to develop a new software and sensor system to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs by 20% in airports.


CASCADE: reducing energy use by airports

Airports are big energy consumers – and that’s before a plane takes off or lands. The daily electricity and thermal energy used by a large airport compares to that of a city of 100,000 people.